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Girl in Translation

Girl in Translation

When 12-year-old Kimberly and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn, Kimberly quickly assumed a double life: model student by day, Chinatown sweatshop worker by night. Kwok emigrated herself as a young girl, and her own immigrant experience imbues this plucky story with the ring of truth. You could also choose this as a 2019 Reading Challenge book you read for the cover. More info →
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Mambo in Chinatown

Mambo in Chinatown

Twenty-two-year-old American-born Chinese woman Charlie grew up in New York and still lives with her widowed father and younger sister, eking out a living as a dishwasher. When she’s hired as a receptionist at a ballroom dance studio, her world expands exponentially, especially as she begins taking lessons herself. Even as her confidence grows, she feels compelled to hide her discoveries about herself and her work from her father, who eschews all things Western. But when her sister becomes chronically ill and their father insists on only treating her with Eastern practices, Charlie will have to decide how to make her worlds collide. More info →
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